From Here to Eternity to feature lyrics from Sir Tim Rice

From Here to Eternity to feature lyrics from Sir Tim Rice

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    A new page-to-stage musical From Here to Eternity will receive its world premiere at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre next year, opening on 23 October 2013 (previews starting 30 September).

    Adapted from James Jones' 1951 novel, the show features lyrics by the acclaimed multi award-winner Tim Rice, best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and songs for the 2011 West End production of the Wizard of Oz. Rice is also renowned for his work with Walt Disney Studios, which paired him with the likes of Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast), Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), and Enio Morricone.

    Preceded by dance show Burn the Floor at the Shaftesbury, the production will be directed by Tamara Harvey, also including music by newcomer Stuart Brayson and a book by Bill Oakes.

    Set on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in 1941, From Here to Eternity takes place before and during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Loosely based on Jones' own wartime experiences, the story follows several members of a military company, including Captain Dana “Dynamite” Holmes and First Sergeant Milt Warden, who begins an affair with Holmes' wife Karen.

    Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was Jones’ debut novel and won him the National Book Award for fiction. It spawned the Oscar-winning 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra, as well as a subsequent TV mini-series.

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